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One-click Root Method Released for HTC One (M8) on Verizon

It’s not even a  week since the release of the One (M8) from HTC, but already developers have been able to root it. The latest device to receive root love is the M8 flagship on Verizon’s network, with a “Weak Sauce” one-click method now available for download. 

Once the one-click application is installed on your M8, the only other step you need to do is install the Superuser app from Google Play. After that, you will have root, along with access to all of the root-only applications that are available for Android devices. Losing root is even easier, as all you need to do is uninstall the one-click app.

Users can also dive deeper down once rooted, experimenting with the Firewater S-Off tool for HTC devices. That will lead to custom ROMs, theme zips, and everything else you could image.

If you are a fan of root access, plus you own a Verizon One (M8) from HTC, hit up the source link below.

Via: XDA
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  • Edward Crosby

    I would like to confirm this works on the Verizon M7.
    I’m on a mission now to set S-Off, root and install a GPE 4.4 ROM.

  • Bill Lacy

    Looking for feedback…please share your experience… Thanks!

  • Harold Goldner

    Works like a charm. Took less than two minutes; easily updated. No need to unlock bootloader (and thereby wipe internal memory). This may well work for me for the life of the phone. Just want to be able to write to the removable sdcard and the ability to run Titanium Backup.

  • Amritsg

    Does this support rooting on international/asian versions of the HTC One M8

  • Anthony

    this just came out but yet it’s still pretty much impossible for me to root my note 3

    • Sporttster

      Strange, mine is rooted fine on Verizon….

      • Anthony

        please tell me how because I have tried many ways and none of them worked for me…im on Verizon too and am dying to root

        • IPhoneblaster

          Kingo worked for me

  • Marcus

    Any idea if this one click will work for HTC Droid DNA?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Maybe, maybe not. The build for 4.4.2 for the M8 and the DNA will be quite different, not the least of which because the DNA isn’t expected to get Sense 6.0. It all depends on where the exploit is/was found.

      I would let the devs work it out. If it is compatible, someone will make sure the community knows over @ xda.

    • Johnboy

      Check with the Ddevs… primarily JCase and Beups i believe this is only for the M7 and M8 HTC One phones though.

      Also, if your DNA is on the latest OTA, you are probably SOL as I hear there is no way to root/unlock/s-off those phones.

  • rutgersjaffo

    Silly question: With all the advances and changes to android, should I really bother rooting at this point?

    • Will Frame

      Ads, tethering.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Ugh. I wanted to do this with the original htc one so I could tether with unlimited data. Still can’t with my moto x.

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    This is also the only method that will work for the Verizon m7 running KitKat. After that firewater can be used to unlock the bootloader and set it to S-OFF. The m8 does not have a bootloader unlock as of yet.

  • DodgerDroid

    Any tethering apps out there that will work on the M8?

    • A

      Even without root, FoxFi has been very reliable for me. I’ve used it on my S3 S4 and Note 2.

  • asianrage

    I’d only need root (in this case) to get rid of all of the bloatware VZW has gifted onto us.

    • Rich K

      If I go for root can I then delete the Verizon junk that they have installed on the phone?

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Yes, but just be aware that OTA updates won’t work until that stuff is back where it originally was. They check to see if the bloatware is present and “working” (can be disabled in the App Info, but can’t be frozen by Titantium bakcup, renamed with .bak, etc.), and if anything at all is missing or modified then it will fail.

      • Johnboy

        If you are on Verizon, then you will not be able to remove the apps… the VZW M8 is still S-On and WeakSauce is only a “Temp” Root. The System folder is still read-only.

  • Apparently Justin Case was sitting on this exploit for three years. Impressive all the way around!

  • Synacks

    Now for a Verizon Galaxy S5 root and/or bootloader unlock.

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  • MichaelFranz

    nice that these devices still get support. Im still on the fence about this phone. I want to want it….just dont know yet.

    • Are looks, audio quality, and the Sense UI important to you? If so, this is a great phone, but if not, wait for the G3/S5.

      • PoisonApple31

        Looks are debatable in regard to the body, but can’t argue with the audio quality. It’s nice to not cover up the speaker accidentally when the phone is turned sideways. Sense UI looks great after being refined.

      • MichaelFranz

        yes, yes, not really. I’m more looking for a better camera in my next phone. One that isnt going to be outed in a few months. While the little quirks of the M8 are nice, its basically last years camera but slightly better

        • The M8 has a poor camera unfortunately, so if that’s a big factor you want to look elsewhere.

          • MichaelFranz

            yea i know :(….at least that’s what im hearing. I would love a full comparison between moto x, g2, s5, and m8 once they are all out. At least then you can compare some real life stuff. I have a droid maxx so battery is my other factor but i think 2600mah might be ok considering the efficiency of the 801.

          • The LG G3 might be perfect for you. If it’s anything like the G2, it will have a much better than average battery, top of the line camera, top of the line specs, great display, decent UI and decent looks.

          • LionStone

            It can’t be poor if it just beat out the Note 3 in a blind test. People that have actually been using the camera say it’s fine…sure, not the best but certainly not the worst or ”poor”.

          • fritzo2162

            The camera is far from poor. In fact, it’s pretty damn good!

          • Johnboy

            Not quite sure how you arrived at that conclusion. M7 had by far and away the best camera on a Smartphone in my history of owning one (back to Blackberry Curve days), and that was with the “blue hue” issues. M8 has eliminated the hue, added a 2nd camera and has some fantastic “native” photo editing features. 90% of my photos (and I have a feeling this applies to lots of owners) are low-light situations, and the HTC One M7/M8 absolutely blow everyone else out of the water. Check out this guy’s photos with his M8: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rt425/sets/72157642908546733/

        • The Narrator

          Sony Z2, Oppo Find 7, G3

    • pablo

      Try with. Clockwork thether. Is the best theyre app i try. If u have múltiple mobile phones u can share all internet conections to make it faster the app do it automatically

  • jeff manning

    No bootloader unlock, no care

    • Scott

      Can’t it be unlocked through HTC?

      • jeff manning

        I’m pretty sure the Verizon version is the only one that can’t be.

    • The Narrator

      Root is a start, and bootloader, it can wait

    • Will Frame

      I would take this easy root method for my AT&T M8 over a bootloader unlock. All I want is root to block ads. I could care less about custom roms. As it stands, I have to unlock my bootloader and install a custom recovery just to get root.

    • Don’t forget that Xposed will be very prominent this year for flagships. Just having root means a lot more now.

  • Minh Duong

    gonna try it right now